Funder: Medical Research Council
To produce guidance for researchers on how to develop complex interventions to improve health or health care outcomes.
Researchers, the public, patients, industry, charities and health care providers can all be involved in the development or design of new interventions to improve health and health care. There is increasing recognition of the importance of carefully developing and evaluating complex interventions so that there is an increased chance of interventions being effective within trials, and being adopted widely in the real world.
The INDEX project builds on the methodological expertise in intervention development of the Unit’s Pat Hoddinott and Edward Duncan (stroke rehabilitation). The collaboration arose through the CONDUCT II MRC funded methods for trials hub [M01.4, M01.6] and links to Pat Hoddinott’s guest editor role on BMC Pilot and Feasibility Studies to host a series on intervention development (Hoddinott P. A new era for intervention development studies. Pilot and Feasibility Studies. 2015; 1:36. DOI: 10.1186/s40814-015-0032-0).
INDEX has three phases: systematic reviews of the methodological literature and primary intervention development research; qualitative interview study led by Pat Hoddinott with researchers engaged in intervention development and wider stakeholders (directors of funding boards, PPI on funding panels, policy decision makers and journal editors); and reaching consensus using a Delphi approach led by Edward Duncan and using an e-platform he developed with Computing Science at University of Stirling.